Brentwood Bay

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  • Day2

    The Butcharts Garden

    August 4, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Auf dem Weg zu unserer 2. Übernachtung haben wir in The Butcharts Garden halt gemacht.
    Dies ist eine wunderschöne Gartenanlage mit sehr vielen Blütenmeere
    Zudem stehen da Pflanzen welche bereits über 100 Jahre alt sind.Read more

  • Day12

    Butchart Gardens

    September 10, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Wow, just wow. Butchart Gardens is beautiful, amazing - I’m just speechless.

    There’s a working carousel and just the most magnificent gardens.

  • Day19


    June 12, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We caught the bus out to Butchart Gardens and our first stop was, of course, at the coffee shop and we bumped into a couple from Australia who had been on the cruise with us (fancy that!). We thought the gardens were magnificent and we loved some of the planting designs which were simple but effective. Many of the plants were ones we see in our gardens in England but beautifully maintained. The ethos of the garden is a Victorian planting scheme of replacing the flowers every season, apparently they plant over 30,000 daffodils and 80% are composted at the end of the season.

    Jennie Butchart created the gardens over a hundred year's ago. The gardens were created out of the worked out lime quarry which had supplied her husband's nearby Portland cement plant. The gardens are still operated by the family and a team of 70 gardeners. The garden receives over a million visitors every year.

    When we returned to the garden we had a quick whirl around our apartments neighbourhood which is China Town. The Chinese came to Canada in the gold rush days but were treated very much as second class and were not allowed to make claims. Some worked on the railways and were paid much less than other workers, when the work was done they were sent back to Victoria where they had entered Canada. They didn't have enough money to return home so wooden houses were erected and that was the birth of China town.
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  • Day29

    Beautiful Butchart

    May 22, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    After hearing about this place over thirty years ago we were blessed with a perfect day for our visit. We seem to bring Brisbane sunshine and temps wherever we go!

    If you're into garden design, botanical names, people management and many other things, you would be in heaven. They know how to do gardens and tourists so well.

    Our trip covered the whole garden, taking over three hours and we just celebrated being here. Each section of the gardens, the colours, the design were a unique experience.

    Highlights were...
    The fluency of design
    Understanding how to make good feature gardens
    The way the crowds were managed
    The place was extremely well run
    Especially enjoyed the Japanese Garden and the glasshouse

    Sadly, six photos don’t do this place justice but it should never lessen the enjoyment and blessing of flowers and trees, their colour and design.

    Would we go back? Definitely, but at a different season - fall, early spring or winter time with snow. This place is a must-do on your bucket list!
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  • Day32

    Walking Victoria, and Garden Inspiration

    September 2, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We had a leisurely start, and having our own kitchen for the first time in weeks, decided we would feast on fresh eggs and Canadian bacon (do they just call it bacon here?😜). Lovely. I had succumbed to an $8 jar of Vegemite, as I was craving and a bit homesick!

    Nourished, we started a walk along the waterfront. It was a beautiful day, and it didn't take long for us to warm up. We walked toward Beacon Hill Park, becoming friendly with squirrels and a myriad of geese. We found the mile Zero marker, where the TransCanada Highway starts. There is a monument here to Terry Fox, who in the 80s at the age of 18, lost a leg to cancer and decided run across Canada from Newfoundland to raise money forfoes earth. He ran 26 miles a day, but unfortunately, 5 months in, he had to retire as his cancer returned, and he died. Another young man some years later, who had also lost his leg to cancer completed Terry's run, and finished at the Mile Zero site.

    There were markets on, and we browsed. We found the South Park School, where Terrence & Phillip must havegone to school 🤡.

    Later in the afternoon, we headed south from Victoria to Saarnich and Butchart Gardens. This was a very inspiring garden, very beautiful. The plants were not exotic, but fairly common plants - beautiful pelargoniums, begonias, lantana, celosia, daisy, and roses from around the world. The Japanese Garden was beautiful. There were lovely fountains, towers. Lovely.

    Afterwards, we drove though beautiful suburbs, before heading. Back to our apartment a bit foot sore. We are just about to head out for dinner.

    Tomorrow, we head to the US ferry terminal to catch a ferry towards Seattle, Washington.
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  • Day15

    Victoria en Butchart gardens

    September 6, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Ons het direk van die Noordpool af lughawe toe gery (mens kan nie 2 vlugte in een vakansie mis nie). Arme ouma het niks geslaap behalwe die bietjie op die bus gisteraand nie, maar sy sit mos sommer net so regop en dan sak die kop vooroor en sy slaap rustig. Ons het toe Victoria toe gevlieg, waar Bets ons kom haal het en Butchart gardens toe gevat het. Dit was iemand se tuine en word nou in stand gehou deur 'n kommittee. Daar is soveel detail, water, kleur en verskeidenheid, dis eintlik oorweldigend. Ons het toe na Chrissa se werk gegaan waar ons wyn (in ouma se geval, pynappel gegeurde sodawater) geproe het. Sy is mal oor haar werk en doen baie goed. Ons het toe vir Cordel en Matthew by die skool gaan oplaai en gaan kyk hoe Matt sokker oefen. Ons is toe huis toe waar Paul vir ons Giouvetsi gemaak het vir aandete (hoogtepunt, want dis my gunsteling).Read more

  • Day21

    Butchart Gardens

    August 28, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Aufstehen heute sehr früh, um die Fähre nach Brentwood Bay zu erreichen. Sehr kleines Ding aber wir kommen mit 😎.
    Prima Wetter!
    Wir nähern uns einer der letzten Highlights unserer Reise - der bekannte Butchart Gardens. Ein Muss für jeden Touristen hier an der Ecke.
    Ein wunderschöner, farbenfroher und sehr geschmackvoll gestalteter Garten. Auf über 22 ha kann man die Pflanzenvielfalt mit einer unglaublichen Blütenpacht entdecken. Ein Wahnsinn! Jedes Jahr werden im ganzen Garten bis zu einer Million Pflanzen gesetzt. Respekt!
    Seinen Ursprung verdankt er Jennie Butchart, die 1904 den stillgelegten Steinbruch ihres Mannes verschönerte. Finden wir super 👍 gute Idee von der Frau.
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  • Day3

    Bites, Brews, and Butchart (2)

    July 4, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After the tour, we went to Whistle Buoys to grab a quick pint and watch the busker festival as it was such a gorgeous afternoon.

    We then walked to over to where our car was p arked and drove out to Butchart Gardens. Evan was very excited to be back in our “sexy beast” of a vehicle. The drive took about half an hour and when we finally arrived we could not believe how busy it was! The parking lot was quite full and had several white gloves attendants telling you where to go. When we got in, we quickly realized what all the fuss was about - it was so beautiful! Butchart is basically a Disneyland for gardeners. My flower and plant knowledge is quite basic, so I can’t really comment on the types, but I will saw the rose garden was a real showstopper!Read more

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